Calaguas: Back in Summer Paradise
Going to Calaguas via Paracale
My original plan was to go to Calaguas using the route from Vinzons but due to unpredictable weather and my contact was hesitant to take us due to the weather, our group just opted to go to the island from Paracale.
From Daet, we rode an old ordinary bus going to Paracale. It took us about an hour and a half to get there. When we arrived, I instantly called our contact, Ate Lorna, for our boat going to Mahabang Buhangin. She fetched us from the small store, where we alighted, then lead our way going to the docking area.
Our boatman, Mang Boy was already there waiting for us. He took our bags and placed them inside the small boat. When things were all set, we boarded the small boat. Few minutes have passed and the boat started to sail.
When me and my best friend, Vanessa saw that long stretch of beach after passing by some few islands, we were certain that it was already Mahabang Buhangin.
I was surprised that there were only few tourists and campers that time despite of it’s a Holiday weekend. There were only two groups in our area, including our group; then like four groups situated at the middle and the other end part of the beach. It feels like we owned the beach that time, a true paradise all I can say.
We had our meal passed lunchtime. Afterwards, we wasted no time and enjoyed the beach. We didn’t care about the heat of the sun; the beach was just too tempting to resist.
What else we did? Play, play, and play. This is how a beach getaway with friends should be, make fun with each other.
But unintentionally, I was able to capture this day and night in Calaguas. I didn’t know that this actually happened. I just realized it when I was looking on my photos.
Aside from watching the sunset at the beach, a nice way to capture the scenic beach is to take a panorama shot. Good thing, one of my friends’ camera has it. Let’s take some poses then.
By 6:00 PM, we went back to our campsite then started to prepare for our dinner. We then had bonfire and few drinks to end the night.
A Bright New Day in Calaguas
It’s a bright new day in Calaguas. It rained last night but not too long. I was able to get some good sleep. Well, I was the last one to get out of the tent.
A pristine beach greeted me as I get out from my tent. What an awesome view to start my day.
It is one of the nicest feeling when you get to the shore and see no one is around but you (well except for my group where they were chatting in one of the nipa huts). It feels like you’re a cast away.
Well back to reality. After taking our breakfast, we then of course wasted no time and gave in to the irresistible clear turquoise water. Some of my friends said, they wouldn’t want to swim anymore but after few minutes of dialogues, look where they are.
We took our remaining hours playing at the beach, making fun with each other and of course, unending photo ops. And panorama shots, once more.
We then came to the saddest point of this travel, our time for departure. Well, all good things come to an end. But for us, this isn’t the end. This is just the start of more adventures and getaways to come.
We packed our things then loaded them to our small boat again.
We also paid our dues, entrance fee in the island, before we left. The fee costs about PHP 120.00 each person. At around 11:00 AM, we then finally bid our goodbyes with hopes of coming back.
I can live here for months, with food, booze, drinks and few items that I can be busy playing with while I’m on this island, seriously. That’s how Calaguas influenced and inspired me, to travel, go for adventure and never stop discovering.
We sailed the sea for two hours again.
When we arrived in Paracale, our boatman was so kind to allow us to take a shower in his house. We gave him a few bucks as a gratuity in return of his kindness.
We rode a van this time to get back to Daet with travel time of about an hour. We then parted our ways as me and my best friend, Vanessa are still going to Naga to spend another day of travel while the rest have to go back to Manila by bus.
I can easily say that this is one of the best travels that I had. But this bothers me because I don’t think there’s no other beach destination can surpass this trip as I was already able to give them the best of the best. I know this is just a beginning of more adventures with these new travel buddies. Well, let’s see. Our next destination, Boracay!